LIVONIA, LA (WAFB) - The Sportsline Player of the Week for the eighth week of prep football hails from defending state champion Livonia. He is carrying on a Wildcats' tradition at tailback.
Patrick Queen is being recruiting by Texas A&M as a safety and has had to make the transition to offense.
On Friday night, he showed just how far he has come as a running back, ripping St. Michael for 374 yards rushing on 29 carries and five touchdowns.
"The biggest thing is our offensive line," said Livonia head coach Guy Mistretta. "We've got four starters back there, and three of them are three-year starters. There's a lot of experience there and they're a big physical unit.
"He's getting to the second level before he even gets contact and he's really become more of a power back in those situations and that's something we really worked on over the summer with him."
He is following in the footsteps of our 2013 Warrick Dunn Award winner Russell Farris, who went from linebacker to running star and landed at Louisiana Tech, and 2014 Warrick Dunn finalist Malcolm Dedrick, who signed at Southeastern after making the switch from defense to set the school record with over 2,200 yards rushing.
"I'm really close with them, so they've been teaching me a few things from around here," said Queen. "Malcolm's my cousin. We always talk about me breaking his record, and I'll laugh at it. They really just tell me to put my mind to it, don't stop, help everybody else and then it will just take me to where I need to go."